1. Introduction

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of George Town and Malacca being inscribed as a World Heritage Site. In conjunction with this historical milestone, George Town World Heritage Incorporated is organising the International Conference on Managing Urban Cultural Heritage. The conference will be held from 1 to 4 October 2018 in the George Town UNESCO World Heritage Site, Penang, Malaysia.

Cities are historically culturally diverse centers for knowledge, innovation, and memory, and act as a reflection of a society’s identity. They are composed of interconnected layers of natural and cultural, tangible and intangible, international and local values, and are constantly evolving and adapting. The complex and dynamic nature of a city makes the management of a living urban heritage extra challenging, yet meaningful.

This conference aims to bring together stakeholders engaged in the development, conservation, and management of heritage cities. Members of national and local governments, universities and research centers, NGOs, the private sector, community groups, and civil society, are invited to share their successes and challenges in the following ten themes addressing urban heritage management.


2. Themes

     Affordability for the Local People

     Community Empowerment

     Degrees of Intervention in Conservation

     Disaster Risk Reduction  and Urban Resilience

     Engaging Youth in Heritage

     Heritage Activism

     Innovative Heritage Programs

     Sustainable Tourism

     The Use of Technologies in Heritage Management

     Urban Archaeology


3. Objectives

  1. To discuss management approaches and innovative strategies.
  2. To share creative and thought-provoking initiatives in all aspects of the management of urban heritage, including conservation, development, and education.
  3. To encourage dialogue among stakeholders of heritage cities from a variety of backgrounds.
  4. To build a network of site managers, professionals working in heritage cities, and decision makers.


4. Conference Language



5. Abstract Submission

Participants are invited to submit abstracts for papers and posters of no more than 300 words. Submissions must include the title, keywords, name of author(s), affiliation, and email contact.


     Abstract Submission Deadline: 1 March 2018

     Submission should be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     Notification of Selected Presenter: 15 March 2018

     Submission of full paper or poster: 1 July 2018


6. Registration

Registration will open in March 2018. The registration fee includes:

     Conference kits

     Access to all papers online

     Lunch and two tea breaks per day

     Welcoming dinner on 4 October 2017


You may pre-register by emailing the secretariat (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) before registration opens. You will not be charged until registration officially opens in March 2018.



Early Bird

(Until 1 June 2018)

Normal Rate


RM500/USD 125


RM800/USD 200

RM1,000/USD 250


RM1,400/USD 350

RM1,600/USD 400



a. Presenters

The organisers will provide accommodation and travel to all participants whose papers have been accepted. Travel to George Town will be arranged by the secretariat upon receiving the full paper. The registration fee shall be borne by presenters.


 b. Other Participants

Participants who are not presenting papers will be responsible for their own expenses. This includes those with posters.


7. Contact and Enquiry

For more information, please write to the secretariat at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

or to Ms. Charlotte Papillaud Looram at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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